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Children's LiteratureLearning facts about the states we live can be tedious—just like absorbing any other factual information. There is so much to know that often the sheer amount of facts and figures can be incredibly daunting, especially for children. Here, the author has succeeded in crafting a book to make learning basic information about Maryland fun. This well-illustrated title, with photographs and artwork, uses the alphabet to teach children about the Free State. Each letter is teamed with some aspect of Maryland history or current events. For example, T is represented by Harriett Tubman, who was born into slavery in Maryland, and became one of the leaders of the Underground Railroad, helping approximately 300 runaway slaves escape to freedom. C represents the Chesapeake Bay, one of the state's most famous landmarks and home of the Maryland blue crab, represented here by the letter B. The author uses rhymes on each page, for each letter, for young readers and more detailed factual information for their older counterparts. There is also a fun "Bay Full of Facts" question and answer page to test the book's readers' new Maryland knowledge. Fifteen questions, and their answers, come from the alphabetical tour of Maryland. This book would be an excellent fit with lesson plans about Maryland state history. It will be an excellent addition to schools and libraries and a good source of basic information about the state. 2004, Thomson/Gale, Ages 4 to 6.
—Bruce Adelson, J.D.